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Old 10-15-2015, 01:13 PM
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X5 Door Handle Carrier Removal and Replacement DIY

How to remove and install the front door handle carrier in an E53 X5. This is a common failure point for these cars, when the carrier brakes or the cable stretches over time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ge7-...Hskow&index=12
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Old 10-15-2015, 01:41 PM
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Thanks for posting. Mine finally broke today.
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Thanks for the post... Mine broke on Monday. Gonna tackle it today.
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Replaced this almost one year ago, still holding up strong!
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Here's the embedded version:

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Did mine today. Watched two videos and it was super easy.

Here is another video.....
https://youtu.be/D0-HTcupH6U
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My driver door carrier broke about 2 months ago at about 93K miles. After changing the driver side, I preemptively changed the passenger side for good measure.

No sense being on a trip away from home and have this annoyance rear its ugly head.

Here are the clearances I was able to achieve with my eBay parts:





Just a wee bit wider clearance than the rear handles that were installed at the factory, but good enough for my eyes.

Enjoy.

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X5 Door Handle Carrier Removal and Replacement DIY

Just a quick question.



Do I need to replace the whole carrier assembly as on my car the carrier is new but I've broken the metal tab that the exterior handle bolts to. The part that engages the internal opening mechanism.

Would there be a diy way to repair this part? Or does the whole mechanism need replacing?

The handle came off with the metal tab attached to it.

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Just a quick question.



Do I need to replace the whole carrier assembly as on my car the carrier is new but I've broken the metal tab that the exterior handle bolts to. The part that engages the internal opening mechanism.

Would there be a diy way to repair this part? Or does the whole mechanism need replacing?

The handle came off with the metal tab attached to it.
You're probably going to need to just replace the entire carrier assembly. It comes in one piece.
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Op, I am going to use your video to do my auto 3.0. It broke last winter and I have been using the key to auto roll down all of the windows so I can reach in and open it from the inside. Kind of annoying, but tolerable. It will be nice to have it work like a normal car.
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